Uni-Select Unveils a New Banner Strategy for Its Canadian Shops

Boucherville, April 23, 2014 − Uni-Select Inc. (TSX: UNS), a major distributor of aftermarket auto parts in North America, is pleased to present its new banner strategy for Canadian repair shops. Uni-Select is a partner of choice for entrepreneurs looking to capitalize on the strength of a network. The new strategy lets shops choose the banner under which they want to operate (Auto-Select, Uni-Pro or SelectAutoXpert (SAX)) and supports their growth with a flexible and diverse line-up of services specifically adapted to each shop’s particular needs. Joining one of these programs provides shops with more visibility, the support of a network in promoting their services and helps increase customer loyalty.

The Uni-Pro program is a build your own program that offers an optional brand image and an à la carte menu of options, with many warranties for the shops and their customers. Installers can also take advantage of training programs, diagnostic tools and business management coaching. The program also gives access to Uni-SmartLink, a telematics system that sends out personalized reminders and alerts as well as educational tips on preventive maintenance. This solution includes reminders for the regular scheduled maintenance recommended by a vehicle’s manufacturer, a maintenance history, detailed notices when the engine warning light turns on, a stolen vehicle locator and a battery monitor. The data collected can help users save on fuel and make their vehicles more reliable

The Auto-Select banner is a turnkey program for installers looking for a complete line-up in a premium brand. This concept includes all of the high-end options most commonly requested by progressive shops,, with a strong brand image and communication plan.

Repair shops looking for an affordable, easy-to-use solution with competitive discounts can opt for the SAX program.

“We are proud to provide our repair shop professionals with solutions to help them grow. We are happy knowing that we can help them manage their business and find success. Our line-up of customized tools and solutions adapted to the different needs of each shop once again speaks to our commitment to providing innovative programs to help them run their business more effectively,” stated Gary O’Connor, President and Chief Operating Officer, Automotive Canada, at Uni-Select.


Founded in 1968, Uni-Select is a major distributor of replacement parts, equipment, tools, accessories, paint and related products for motor vehicles in North America. A leader in the Canadian industry, Uni-Select is the 5th largest distributor in the and the leading independent distributor of automotive paint and related products in the country. With its 5,500 employees, Uni-Select efficiently services a wide network of independent installers and wholesalers, including over 6,600 that operate under one of its banner programs in North America. Uni-Select is headquartered in Boucherville and its shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) under the symbol UNS.

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